December 10, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
WASHINGTON D.C., The United States of America – According to a report by the RAND think tank, the US could lose in a conflict with Russia in Europe or with China over Taiwan.
The report, which is 190-pages, is titled “U.S. Military Capabilities and Forces for a Dangerous World.,” and claims that Russia and China have advanced so much militarily that it might have a slight edge over the US.
The report then claimed that at present, US armed forces are “insufficiently trained and ready,” especially in terms of the active service components.
“In short, providing the military power called for by the United States’ ambitious national security strategy, which has never been easy, has recently become considerably more challenging,” the report reads. “The coincidence of this new reality with a period of constrained defense budgets has led to a situation in which it is now far from clear that our military forces are adequate for the tasks being placed before them.”
“Put more starkly, assessments in this report will show that US forces could, under plausible assumptions, lose the next war they are called upon to fight, despite the United States outspending China military forces by a ratio of 2.7:1 and Russia by 6:1,” the document continues. “The nation needs to do better than this.”
“In short, we concluded that, as currently postured, NATO cannot defend the Baltic states against a determined, short-warning Russian attack,” the document says.
In case of China, the US will have tough times defending Taiwan if Beijing opts to retake the breakaway island republic, the report claimed.